David Harsanyi: Let's Get the IRS Out of the Speech Business


Letterhead from the audit notice you just received

The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups (or, more precisely, groups displaying a bit too much gusto for limited government) was far more widespread than its initial apology would have led Americans to imagine. What's more disturbing–or should be, argues David Harsanyi–is the fact that the IRS has the capacity to undermine free speech in the first place. Despite President Barack Obama's assurances, there are no safeguards that can be put into place to stop abuses of power.